DATES AND TIMES:
Saturday, March: 10: Warm-up 8am, Start 9am
Friday, March 16: Warm-up 8am Start 9am
Saturday, March 17: Warm-up 8am, Start 9am
Sunday, March 18: Warm-up 8am, Start 9am
MEET ENTRY CAP PROCEDURE: The meet will be declared FULL when we have received complete entries from 900 Swimmers. On the day that the meet becomes full, we will accept all paper entries received that day, and any electronic entries received by 11:59pm, and then we will stop accepting entries. There will be no warning posted before entries are closed. If the meet is not full by February 23, we will accept late entries until the meet becomes full. Entries will not be processed unless they are complete, including valid 2018 USMS registration. If your entry is not complete when the meet is declared FULL, it will be rejected. Please check the meet web site to see if entries are being accepted, or if the meet is full. Please see the FAQ section for more information about how this works.
POOL: Harvard University Blodgett Pool, site of numerous men’s and women’s Eastern and Ivy League championship meets and the 57th NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship. 50-meter by 25-yard pool. Eight-lane competition course, and six-lane warm-up/warm-down. Electronic timing and scoreboard. Deck space for 500 swimmers, coaches, officials, and spectator seating for 1200.
DIRECTIONS: From the North: Take I-93 into Boston and take MA Pike (I-90) west about five miles to Allston/Cambridge Exit (Westbound Exit 20, Eastbound Exit 18) bear right at fork after the toll booth towards Cambridge. At second light (Doubletree Suites will be on your right) turn left onto Storrow Drive Westbound for about 1 mile. Exit at Harvard Square/N. Harvard Street. At top of exit, turn left on N. Harvard Street. Approx ¼ mile on your right will be Blodgett Pool. Turn left into the Harvard Business School Lot entrance, which is the second gate on the left just past the pool. From the South/West: Take Mass Pike (I-90) to Allston/Cambridge Exit (Westbound Exit 20, Eastbound Exit 18) and follow directions above. See web site for parking information.
ELIGIBILITY: 2018 registered United States Masters Swimming (USMS) swimmers 18 years or older as of March 18, 2018. Also, 2018 registered Masters swimmers from other countries. Click here to register with USMS.
RULES: 2018 USMS rules apply. We will use dive-over starting. If you want more time to exit the pool please notify the meet referee in advance.
ENTRIES: Maximum of four individual events, plus two relays per day. Swimmers may not swim both 1000 and 1650. You must include a seed time for each entered event. Entry times of “NT” will not be accepted.
If entering this meet by paper, mail your entry form, copy of your 2018 USMS card (required), and check payable to Charles River Masters to:
NE LMSC SCY Entries, PO Box 26, Belmont MA 02478
Save $5 and enter online through Club Assistant. Online entries are paid by credit card to ClubAssistant.com Events.
Entries with problems will be listed on the meet web site. Please check the meet web site frequently to make sure there were no problems with your entry. Please submit a single entry form for both weekends. No refunds will be issued for entry fees for any reason. Swimmers may not change workout group affiliation after completing their first relay or individual event.
ENTRY DEADLINE: We will close all entries on the day we reach 900 complete entries, regardless of the date. Enter early to guarantee your spot!
LATE ENTRIES: After February 23, if the meet is not FULL, you may submit a late entry form, which must be received by 6pm, Friday, March 2, 2018. There is an additional $20 late entry penalty. Late entries received after March 2 and incomplete late entries will not be accepted. Please check the web site to see if late entries are being accepted.
HEAT SEEDING: All events are timed finals. Heats seeded by sex from slowest to fastest. Swimmers who volunteer to swim the 1000 or 1650 freestyle in the shallow end of the pool with an in-water start will receive a $2 entry fee credit. The Meet Director or Meet Referee shall have the right to change seed times that are obviously incorrect based on previous performances. Entries without seed times will not be accepted.
SEED TIME PRIZE: The first 10 swimmers who finish with the exact time submitted on their entry will receive a $10 gift card. (Limit: 1 per swimmer)
AWARDS: Certificate for mounting an adhesive label record of your performance in each individual event. Awards for male and female high point winner. Team awards will be given to the top three Large (26+ swimmers), Medium (12-25), Small (4-11) and Squad (1-3) teams, combining NEMSC workout groups and USMS clubs. Team size size is based on swimmers entered into the meet.
ALL EVENTS REQUIRE POSITIVE CHECK-IN: All events will be deck seeded from entry form times. Events will close for check-in and will be seeded approximately one hour before they start. An events timeline with a listing of when each event will close for check-in and seeding will be posted to the official meet web site. When you arrive at the pool, be sure to visit the check-in table immediately to check-in for your events. The first event each day will close for check-in 45 minutes before the session starts. (The 500 free, women’s 400 IM and women’s 1000 free close at 8:15am.)
WARM-UP/WARM-DOWN: The entire pool will be available for warm-up for one hour before the start of each session. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, there will be a 15 minute warm-up in the competition pool immediately following the conclusion of that day’s first event. The 6 lane warm-up/warm-down area and the diving well will be available during all sessions, and all lanes will be available for warm-down 30 minutes after the last heat of each session.
RELAYS: Relay swimmers must be entered in at least one individual event. Relays will be deck entered at the meet and must be submitted by the deadline announced at the meet—approximately one hour before the event. Swimmers will be allowed one relay for each relay event; swimmers may not be on a single-sex and mixed-sex relay of the same event. Due to USMS rules, all swimmers on a relay must be affiliated with the same USMS team. Swimmers from different NEMSC workout groups may create ‘NEM-Unattached’ relays, which will not score points.
SCORING: The first sixteen places in each individual age group event will score in the following sequence: 17, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. The top sixteen relays in each age group event will score double points. The 800 free relay is unscored.
MEET WEB SITE: The official meet web site is at: http://www.meetresults.com/nelmscscy/ The web site will provide current meet information, psych sheets, timelines and a list of entry problems with deadlines for resolution. During the meet, the web site will feature instant results and an updated events timeline. Please check the web site frequently to be sure there are no problems with your entry.